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Research Zernike (ZIAM) Polymer Chemistry and Bioengineering

Polymer Chemistry and Bioengineering

Our group deals with engineered biomacromolecules or bioorganic hybrid structures for various medical and technological applications. These materials are fabricated by integrating tools from Organic- and Polymer Chemistry as well as from Molecular Biology. For evolving complex functions the accurate assembly of different building blocks into well-defined nanoscopic aggregates is an important requirement. For their characterization various nanotechnology tools like scanning force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and fluorescence-based techniques are utilized. Finally, the interactions of the assemblies with living matter are explored, e.g. in the context of advanced drug delivery vehicles. Other applications are diagnostic and nano-electronic devices or the bottom-up construction of proto-cells.